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The Demerara Window – the Colonial Air Conditioner – By Murtland Haley

The Demerara Window – the Colonial Air Conditioner – By Murtland Haley

‘Red House”. High Street. Kingston. Georgetown

Before Independence in 1966, Guyana, then British Guiana was a colony of Britain. Berbice, Essequibo and Demerara were controlled and occupied by the Dutch, Spanish and French before being ceded to the British in 1814.

 

In 1831, Essequibo-Demerara and Berbice were combined as one colony, British Guiana. Based on the occupation and colonisation of Guiana by these European nations, much of the initial architectural designs would have been influenced by European style and culture. The buildings bearing these qualities which have survived until today can be described as historic.

Therefore, Guyana’s architectural legacy would be a combination of architectural styles from these colonisers. However, since Britain was the last to leave, Victorian architecture dominated. These styles would have been altered somewhat to accommodate the climatic conditions specific to Guyana.   Continue reading

Several detained at anti-government protest in Suriname

Several detained at anti-government protest in Suriname

Suriname protest march

PARAMARIBO, Suriname; Riot police in Suriname detained several individuals including a union leader during anti-government protests in the capital Paramaribo. During the fourth demonstration since April 6, participants called on the government to stop its “policies of destruction”. Numerous protesters chanting anti-government slogans even called for president Desi Bouterse to resign.     Continue reading

Iran’s Presidential Election Takes Predictable Turn – by M K Bhadrakumar

Iran’s Presidential Election Takes Predictable Turn

Posts by: M K Bhadrakumar – Indian Punchline

The ‘known unknown’ in the fateful decision handed down on Thursday by Iran’s Guardian Council on the approved list of candidates for the forthcoming presidential election on May 19 was as regards the candidacy of former president Mahmoud Ahmedinejad. That was for three main reasons. First, he is a colourful personality who occupies a unique spot in Iran’s political spectrum, which qualifies to be called ‘leftist’. Iran’s politics needs such a platform, given the nature of its problems of development.

A contestation between the Conservative Right and the Moderate Right detracts from the authenticity of the electoral arena. The paradox is that while there is a faction known as ‘reformists’ in Iran, it serves the same class interests as the conservative religious establishment.    Continue reading

Let’s use certain four letter words more often – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Let’s use certain four letter words more often – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Francis Quamina Farrier

The term “Four letter word”, usually takes on a negative thought process in the minds of most people who speak the English language. But this missive is to point out that there are those four letter words which need to be used much more often, such as, “LOVE” and “SOME” – and even “HATE”.  Used in a positive context, the four-letter word, “Hate”, can be positive.

For example, if someone says, ” I hate to see people drink and drive!” Or “I hate it when I judge someone else, without first knowing them, or having the facts about what they are accused of doing wrong”. So, there are those times when “hate” can be good. “Good” – another four-letter word.   Continue reading

Walk with me on Peter Rose Street Queenstown Georgetown- Video by Raphael

Walk with me on Peter Rose Street Queenstown Georgetown

Raphael – Published on Apr 6, 2017
Explore a residential neighborhood in Georgetown Guyana. Peter Rose Street is an important street in the Queenstown district of Georgetown once known for middle class traditional homes but now being converted to mixed use zone with schools, embassies, hotels, commercial businesses and private homes.

A Difficult but Necessary Matter of Balance

This entry has been re-blogged from the blog of one of the subscribers to Guyanese Online. It has some very interesting insights.

~Burning Woman~

 (thoughts from    ~burning woman~   by Sha’Tara)

I haven’t had much time for blogging lately, being as they say, busy.  But surprisingly, I’ve had time, perhaps too much time, to think about this world, about its overall condition and where it is heading, apparently heedless and unaware.  I know this is a judgment forming an opinion, but not once in my entire life of 70 years has my sense of where things are going ever been wrong.  It’s like a compass in my mind, something I can “see” and rely on entirely, basing my personal movements on it, knowing when to “hold and when to fold” as the song goes.

I feel massive waves of sorrow passing over me time and again, triggered by many encounters: a baby in its mother’s arms; an old man hunched over waiting to safely cross a busy street; a homeless lady holding a sign…

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Youths: Challenges for the Future! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Youths: Challenges for the Future! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

There was a time when there was no television. The radio was plugged into a battery and its programs ended at ten in the night. Daily distractions were minimal. The people were poor but they prized education as it was the passport to a better life. Books changed hands and the ‘dog ears’ were smoothened to make reading easy. There was respect for teachers as parents and the schools worked together to enforce discipline. The community celebrated success of the children.

This statement could be applied to just about any developing country where there was a constant battle to meet basic needs. In Guyana and the Caribbean, not so long ago, education standards were comparable to the best in the world. But times have changed. There is the argument that our teenagers are not as focused as they used to be and it is a cause for worry. What are some of the problems affecting the teen population and how can they be resolved?

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Legalization of Marijuana: April 13, 2017…. D- day for Canada – By Yvonne Sam

Legalization of Marijuana: April 13, 2017…. D- day for Canada

By Yvonne Sam

Canadian legalization of marijuana translates into violation of International Drug Laws. A bold move on the part of Prime Minister Trudeau—seemingly unaware of the ensuing ramifications?

On April 13, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent Canada and its citizens into a hypnotic frenzy by making good on his high-profile campaign promise—the passing of a Bill legalizing marijuana for recreation purposes, making Canada the first developed country in the world to legalize pot since the international war on drugs began in the 1970s. This stunning announcement can be juxtaposed for its truth and applicability to the sayings of Savoyard lawyer, historian and philosopher Joseph Le Maistre, “that every nation gets the government it deserves, and Alexander de Tocqueville, the famous French political thinker and historian,  speaking in the Chamber of Deputies just prior to the outbreak of the European Revolution who said: “We are sleeping on a volcano… A wind of revolution blows, the storm is on the horizon.    Continue reading

Politics and West Indies Cricket – Commentary

Politics and West Indies Cricket

The political leadership of the Caribbean lacks the moral right to be critical of the administrators of cricket in the Caribbean. They should stay clear of getting involved in the administration of cricket. They should leave it as a private enterprise.

Politics and cricket are like oil and water. The two have never mixed well and should never be mixed. Politics will summon the death warrant for West Indies cricket, which is already half-dead, not because of the administrators of cricket, but because of the historic lack of support for cricket and the poisonous role of politics in cricket.    Continue reading

Living a Life of Balance – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Living a Life of Balance – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Read, dance, pray, sing, love, laugh, eat, celebrate and appreciate. And yes, you are allowed to worry because positive worry is good. We all want to be happy. We resent being thrown off our axis. Our everyday existence is a search for happiness. Our consciousness is bombarded with wants, desires, information and materialism that we often lose our sense of balance.

The world is trying to throw you off balance and events are conspiring to make your life miserable. It is time for new beginnings. The moment is ripe for a life of balance where peace of mind will help us to reach our true potential. It is simpler than it seems. The idea is to realize that material objects alone cannot bring about this balance. We need spiritual and emotional wellness to connect with our inner selves and to create the conditions for a balanced life.

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